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judgment day. a verdict in the election day robocall scandal trial. >> the jury's decision, and reaction to it. hi, everybody. i'm mary bubala. >> i'm kai jackson. here's what people are talking about. >> guilty on all counts. a baltimore jury convicts paul schurick for conspiring to suppress the black vote in the 2010 gubernatorial election. derek valcourt has more. >> reporter: in all, it took that jury about four hours of deliberations to hold paul schurick responsible for an effort to suppress voter turnout on election night. >> reporter: the man who once served as top aide to governor bob ehrlich, now walks out of a baltimore courtroom, with a criminal record, four guilty verdicts for his role in the
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2010 election night robocall, that jurors agreed was a clear attempt to suppress voter turnout. schurick declined to comment on the verdict and let his defense team do the talking. >> we will take an immediate appeal. >> reporter: schurick says it was meant to inspire voting, rather than suprez it -- suppress it. they suggested it was protected under freedom of speech. >> if you allow the state to create arbitrary and capricious laws, in terms of what fraud is and what have you, and allow that type of prosecution to, in account -- in fact, control, then you throw a dagger in the heart of our political system. >> reporter: it's the first conviction under a 2006 state election fraud loss. the state elections calls it a victory for fair elections. >> and i hope that the jury will send a message. that as i said, this sort of behavior is not just unfair
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tactics. it's not just political dirty tricks. it's against the law. and we will enforce it. >> paul schurick faces the possibility of up to 12 years in prison when he is sentenced on february 16th. wjz spoke with some of the jurors about their verdict. you'll hear from them coming up all new at 5:00. we're live at the courthouse, derek valcourt, wjz eyewitness news. >> campaign consultant and indicted coconspirator, julius henson faces a separate trial in early february. today, a judge throws the book at jack johnson. mike hellgren was in court today for the sentencing. >> a little more than seven years. and he must pay $100,000. johnson begged the court for mercy. and the judge told him, you brought this on yourself. johnson does not have to report to federal prison until february. we have video of him leaving the courthouse here in prince george's county this afternoon. he argued he was too old and sick to go to jail.
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the u.s. attorney says he must pay for taking bribes while in office. >> if jack johnson's story were a screenplay, critics would say it's too bizarre to be true. the facts were so egregious, the evidence was uncovered in the course of this investigation, the corruption was so brazen, the people would assume that it's fiction. but unfortunately, it is reality. >> now, johnson admitted to drinking heavily. and a judge ordered him into alcohol treatment. his wife leslie, who was on the county council will be sentenced friday for hiding bribe money in her underwear. new at 5:00, we'll tell you what expensive piece of property the feds confiscated from johnson's home yesterday. >> she takes the oath of office. but today, baltimore mayor stephanie rawlings-blake takes part in her very first inauguration ceremony. wjz is live. political reporter pat warren has more on all of the pomp and circumstance. >> reporter: good evening, everybody. mayor stephanie rawlings-blake
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first took the oath of office to replace sheila dixon, who resigned in disgrace. today, she becomes mayor as an elected city official. >> reporter: mayor rawlings- blake takes the oath of office. >> without partiality or prejudice. >> without partiality or prejudice. >> execute the office of mayor of baltimore. >> execute the office of mayor of baltimore, according to the constitution and laws of the state. >> according to the constitution and laws of this state. >> ma'am, you have been so sworn. may i be among the first cocongratulate you. >> reporter: in the drizzle, amid a bloom of umbrellas, the mayor stated her goal growing the city by 10,000 families, by making sacrifices and everybody pitching in to do their part. >> this is a new way of thinking for some of us. it will require a leap forward in renewed faith and trust. but it's how we begin together to roll baltimore again. and we can get to work right now. >> hers is a 10-year-long plan,
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and she hopes for another term of office after this will new one. >> a shrinking city simply cannot stand. a growing city is the center of a creative and stronger society. this work is urgent. it is the urgent work before us. it begins in earnest today. right now, baltimore. we can make it happen. thank you very much. god bless. >> reporter: the mayor has a task force, working on a 10- year financial plan for the city as well. reporting live from city hall, i'm pat warren. back to you on tv hill. >> there is an inaugural ball tonight. tickets are $75. a city police officer, shot by a colleague tonight. there's new information about exactly what went down inside an anne arundel county home. denise is in the newsroom with more from the injured officer's statement. denise? >> reporter: he gets into the
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numerous bullet holes wjz found inside the odenton home. wjz shot this exclusive video inside the home. our cameras found at least five bullet holes. the incident began after an arrest was made at the house. while officers were searching the home, a city officer was hit by a bullet in the hands. feeling he was in danger, he fired his weapons several times. at last check, the city police officer is being treated at shock trauma, with nonlife- threatening injuries. kai? >> denise, thank you. the man arrested with 27 pounds of marijuana. he was released on bail this morning. >> our unusual december weather continues outside. it is rainy, but very mild. rain could turn into something else in the next day or two. wjz has weather and traffic together. we'll talk to kristy in just a second. but we'll head over to bob with first warning weather. bob? >> more like warm, april and may. take a look at radar. we have a batch of rain moving across the region.
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moving in pretty much from the southwest to the northeast. it's been spotty during the day. right now, light rain around the city. southeast of us, a little heavier. solid rain. breaks up a little bit towards d.c. overnight, we'll see rain from time to time. the thing is, once this rain moves through the region, believe it or not, it will get chilly. in fact, cold enough that there will probably be at least a period of wet snow, early on thursday morning. city, not much. north and west of town. maybe from let's say, westminster, hagerstown. could see an inch or two of wet snow. and garrett county could see four or more inches. we'll talk about that more when we come back. so winter is just beginning to get filled here by thursday morning. kai? >> thank you, bob. let's check in on the roads with kristy breslin at wjz traffic control. >> hi, kai. hi, everyone. the slick roads are making the drive a little tougher than normal. driving the top side inner loop. we have delays there.
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the west side inner loop, also heavy in that direction from southwestern boulevard over to security boulevard. average speed, about 40 miles an hour. a couple of rough spots on northbound 95, heavy from 395 to the fort mchenry tunnel. then it slows down again from the howard county line to 175. as far as accidents go, 175 at 29 in columbia, pulaski highway at 64th street. middle borrow road at hilltop. let's take a live look. as you can see, we have a lot of brake lights there. and we'll take another live look as you can see our camera there, pretty heavy on the beltway, as it crosses over 83. this traffic report is brought to you by kfc. it's the official chicken of the baltimore ravens. you can enjoy a 10-piece holiday feast for only $20 at kfc, tastes so good. back to you. >> there was pay lot of screaming at one baltimore county school today.
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ray rices rice visited emaculate heart. he presented the school with a $10,000 check for the nfl's play 60 campaign. the nfl selects one to release the 32 nfl markets. the money is for health and wellness programs and sports equipment. it challenges people to be physical, at least one hour of every day. well, the first placed ravens take on the indianapolis colts this sunday. we've got the best seat in the house for you. we'll bring you reaction live at 1:00, here on wjz. still ahead on eyewitness news at 4:00. historic settlement. the agreement that the families of 29 miners who lost their lives in the big branch disaster. claims in the airport searches. hear the new accusations and what lawmakers on capitol hill are saying about the tsa. a local bakery makes it to the big time.
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i'm monique griego. coming up, we'll have more on how they won cupcake wars. a light rain is falling. but it's mild outside. there is a chance of snow in the forecast.
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an historic settlement to the families of those killed in the worst mining accident in decades. the owners where 29 men died last year has agreed to pay $200 million in settlements. federal officials released the final report today, detailing hundreds of safety violations. a woman is dead after falling 75 feet into the water from the queen mary ocean liner in california. authorities say the woman was apparently drinking with her boyfriend beforehand and lost her balance. she later died at the hospital. a man jumped in to save her. he was taken to the hospital for hypothermia. there's no word on his
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condition. the former cruise ship is now a hotel and museum. a 14-year-old boy drowns during swim class. now his family is speaking out. david quinlan has more on what exactly happened with their son. >> reporter: as classes started with wenatchee high school monday, family of 14-year-old antonio reyes launched a verbal attack against the school district. >> why did my child drown when there were so many different teachers and -- students and a teacher there. >> reporter: the freshman drowned last month during a swim class. police say he was discovered in the pool, unresponsive by his classmates, coming in for his next class an hour later. >> he was never tested for his swimming ability. and he did not know how to swim. >> reporter: an attorney filed this claim against the district today, seeking $15 million in damages. antonio's father says the district has told them nothing about how his son drowned in class. >> what happened? he's going to say, i don't
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know. >> in a statement today, the wenatchee school district says it is unable to comment on the torte claim, but it did say it continues to extend its condolences to the family. the district says it has communicated with the family on multiple occasions. meantime, the involved staff member will remain on leave. >> and the reyes family isn't the only one demanding answers. in fact, antonio's classmates are as well. many of them are still grieving today. >> he was a nice kid, you know? he had a good heart. he was nice to everyone that he met. >> they're still crying a little bit. but we remember him very well. >> reporter: his friends and parents are having an even harder time dealing with the death of their son. >> i feel desperate. i feel -- [ speaking in spanish ] >> now i feel empty. >> reporter: the district is reviewing its procedures. we will continue to follow this story and let you know if the reyes family moves forward with the lawsuit. >> reporter: and that was david
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quinlan reporting. antonio reyes' family is alleging criminal wrongdoing in his death. another decent day on wall street. the dow was in positive territory for most of the day. dow was up 52. s&p up a point. nasdaq down 6. let's go to new york, where alison harmelin has tonight's cbs money watch update. >> u.s. treasury secretary timothy geithner says the federal reserve has no plans to give money to the bailout fund. geithner says he is encouraged by the european nations trying to manage their debt. investors are keeping an eye on europe, after standard and poors said it could cut the credit rating of 15 european countries. leman brothers has opened reapproval, ending the largest bankruptcy in history. that is often cited as the trigger for the growing financial crisis of 2008. as part of the reorganization, leman will begin payouts of an
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estimated $65 billion to creditors, starting early next year. and green bay packers fans are putting their money where their mouths are. the packers are selling stocks to their team online. heavy traffic excited eager fans. $250 for a share of the dream. the team hopes to raise $22 million for the project. that's your money watch. for all of your business headlines, go to cbs money watch.com. a bel air bakery is in the spotlight this week, after winning the food network show, cupcake wars. monique griego has more from flavor cakiery. >> awesome. all of the winners. >> reporter: it's tasty, delicious treats like this. from bel air to a big-time competition. >> it was thrilling.
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>> they opened up flavor cupcakery. >> it was the rage in all the big cities, so i thought, we need that here. >> reporter: it was the satisfied customers that pushed sanders to test her baking against the best, on the food network show, cupcake wars. >> i would say, oh, you have to win. you would do so well. >> a few hours later, they battled it out in california. >> it was intense. it was a little crazy. >> during cupcake wars, each team has to complete two challenges. if they make it to the two, they have to bake 1,000 cupcakes in two hours then use those to create a massive display for a big event. this time, it was for the nutcracker, opening at the new york city ballet. >> we were determined to win. just determined to be as calm as we could. >> and win, these cupcakes did, with all of their customers watching. >> it was awesome. i was so happy. >> reporter: the show has brought these bakers a bit of celebrity. >> that's perfect. >> and a lot of business. >> it's really incredible.
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you know, what we're getting back from the community. >> reporter: and it's that community they hope to keep pleasing. monique griego, wjz eyewitness news. >> and flavor cupcakery's episode of cupcake wars airs tonight at 8:00 on the food network. congratulations to them. >> i'm hungry. >> i know. need a little treat. still ahead at 4:00. the video drew nationwide attention. the unusual step uc davis is taking to investigate the pepper spray incident. can't kick the habit? it may be something you can blame on your parents. a mild, rainy tuesday afternoon. but the mercury is going to make a big drop soon. wjz is always on. for the top stories on wjz.com, for instant warnings and updates, go to wjz.com. ,,,,,,,,
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yeah. that's the word for it. >> warm. >> but not cold. not cold at all. 62 degrees. you gotta remember, it is december, and sooner or later, this week issue it's going to get cold. you're going to feel cold.
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and by thursday morning, it will probably snow in some spots. i'll show you why in just a minute. take a look, temperature-wise, we're at 62. normal high today is at 48 degrees. 62. dew points at 60 degrees. humidity, 93%. the winds, once again, out of the south, southwest at 7. keep thak warm air in. coming right up from the gulf of mexico, where it's warm and moist. 29.97. barometer, holding steady. currently, it's warm everywhere. far out in western maryland, 52 in elkton, they will begin to drop late tonight and tomorrow. and by tomorrow night, they will be cold enough for that rain to change to snow. 55 in pax river. very warm. upper 50s to the low 60s at this hour of the day. with the winds continuing to be out of the south and southwest. and that will keep us in the warm air. but tomorrow, the winds will begin to turn more to the north and northeast. and that will begin to cool things down.
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a little snow this morning in missouri and northern arkansas. yeah. they had some snow again in southern new mexico, roz well. they have palm trees there. they had snow there. northern portions of texas. this whole area of rain, evolving from a low pressure moving through our region, mostly to the west. another is developing across the south. and that's going to pass just to our south. that will bring in more rain tomorrow. however, once it passes our area, colder air will begin to filter in. maybe just enough cold air for a quick changeover for a couple of hours of wet snow, early on thursday morning. i'm talking 3, 4, 5:00 a.m. maybe just before drive time thursday. might see some wet snow on the lawns, north and west of the city. however, north and west of us, i'm talking garrett county, we'll have enough cold air for some accumulations. in fact, the weather service has just issued a little while ago, a winter storm warning for garrett county and some of the neighboring counties.
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west virginia and allegheny county. and somerset p.a., a winter storm warning watch. how much? across central maryland, a trace to maybe an inch on some lawns. 1 to 3 expected in this area. maybe in the pretty boy dam area. 3 to 5 inches. maybe up to 7 inches of snow. that would be on thursday morning. north winds on the bay, they will be changing there. 5 to 10 knots. bay temp, around 50 degrees. tonight, look for the rain. mild. 56 for a low. remember, the streets are very, very warm. so it will just melt, for the most part. rain temps falling during the day. 58, starting out. probably this time tomorrow, maybe mid- to upper 40s, down to the mid-30s by thursday morning. that's when you can see that wet snow. not from the city or neighboring suburbs. 30, 40 miles north and west. maybe a couple of inches of wet snow thursday morning. >> all right, bob.
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it is 4:29. 62 degrees and rainy. hello, everyone. thanks for staying with eyewitness news. i'm vic carter. >> and i'm denise koch. here's what people are talking about. >> rocked by bombings. two suicide attacks kill dozens and injure hundreds. this is the worst attack since the taliban. >> reporter: the first blast hit during religious ceremonies near a mosque in kabul. a suicide bomber killed more than 50 people and wounded more than 160 others. survivors held shoes of the dead and wept in the streets. several more afghans died in a second blast in the northern city of plaza rishariff. a bomb strapped to a bicycle, exploded near a mosque. the attacks happened on the shiite holy day of assura. the taliban denied responsibility and contem
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demmed -- condemned the violence. attacks on religious days are rare. afghan president hamid karzai called the first attack scope. he spoke from germany, a day after afghanistan's western allies pledged long-term support, once their combat troops leave the country. president obama has pledged to pull u.s. forces out by the end of 2014. heather cobar, wjz eyewitness news. >> the biggest event in the shiilate calendar, making the large processions of worshipers a target for military attacks. guilty on all charges. that is the verdict today for former maryland governor robert ehrlich's campaign manager. paul schurick was convicted of election fraud for his role in the 2010 election day robocall.
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schurick now faces up to five years in prison. his sentencing is scheduled, february 16th. and a former prince george's county executive, also learned his fate today on corruption charges. jack johnson was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison. he was also slapped with a $100,000 fine. prosecutors said johnson steered milliops of dollars -- millions of dollars to developers in bribes. wjz will have much more on the schurick and the johnson cases, coming up new at 5:00. former illinois governor rod blagojevich will soon learn how long he'll have behind bars. >> that's right, vic. after being convicted on 18 counts of corruption. blagojevich now faces up to 20 years behind bars. today, the governor lost a bid for leniency that he wanted to collect based on failure for his money scheme.
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the defense alleges blagojevich was being manipulated by staffers and advisers. they are pushing for a 15- to 20-year prison sentence. this is a two-day sentencing with the actual sentence being issued tomorrow. senior citizens, strip- searched. a second and a third elderly woman say tsa agents went too far at a new york airport. kathryn brown has the story for wjz. >> they took me into a private room and strip-searched me. >> and that was the first time i had to do that. >> reporter: ruth sherman and lenore zimmerman don't know each and other and they weren't traveling together last weekend. but the women have strikingly similar stories. >> she said, will you pull your pants down, please? and then she pulled my underwear down. >> please remove your pants, lower your parents. that's what i did. >> reporter: both women say they were forced to take off their clothes in a private screening room at jfk last weekend, one day apart, as an extended patdown of ts a
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averages. >> this 85-year-old woman, they thought needed to be strip- searched. >> they point out, not all terrorists look like terrorists. and he says the incident highlights a frustrating problem. >> they're having cases overseas, where elderly people and young children have been used to conceal bombs and explosives. so i understand why the tsa is concerned but you can't treat everyone the same. >> the tsa is getting better and better at finding the balance between security and privacy. but as this case shows, they still have a ways to go. >> reporter: the tsa is looking into what happened and says it has interviewed the agents involved in both incidents, but issued a statement saying, quote, the tsa does not include strip searches as part of our security protocols. and one was not conducted in this case. but there are no security cameras in the private screening rooms. so it boils down to a he said, she said. state senator michael denaris is shocked and is demanding a
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deeper investigation. >> where there's smoke, there's fire. ask it seems that we have tsa agents that are crossing the lines in terms of searching the passengers. >> reporter: and now, a third elderly woman has come forward with similar claims. linda callish, who is diabetic, said she was forced to strip to show jfk agents an insulin pump attached to her thy. early -- thigh. several students are scheduled to testify against jerry sandusky. lawyers say the six young men who testified before the grand jury, will be called to testify again next tuesday. sanch dusky is -- sandusky is accused of molesting eight boys over a 15-year span. destroying evidence in the gulf oil spill. mary is live in the newsroom with what they say energy company covered up. >> reporter: according to bp, halliburton destroyed evidence about the quality of cement that went into trilling the oil well that blew out last year.
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bp says an oil well must be cemented properly to avoid a blowout. the companies have been sparring over blame for the april 2010 deep water horizon blast. it leaves millions of gallons of crude oil into the gulf of mexico. bp also accuses halliburton of failing to produce incriminating evidence. >> halliburton calls the accusations untrue. >> fire investigators say a kitchen fire is what caused a three-alarm blaze in northwest baltimore. broke out late friday night in the 6500 block of red cedar place. officials say a tea kettle was left in the stove in one of the units. no one was hurt. but nearly 100 senior citizens were displaced. the new maryland casino is hoping to put hundreds to work. maryland live casino at arundel mills is looking to fill certain management conditions. officials say more jobs will be filled later.
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but suggests applicants roll the dice. the first phase of the operation will open in june. mild weather comes with gray skies and rain. but there is a change on the way. wjz has weather and traffic together. bob turk has the weather and traffic now. by this time tomorrow afternoon, we'll be back in the upper 40s, beginning to cool down. right now, we have rain and drizzle and some fog in the region. it's all moving in from the southwest, as you can see. take another look around. around the city now, it's been very spotty. spotty light rain. and a little drizzle. a little heavier where it goes to rock hall, chestertown and queenstown. and west of us, very light, spotty rain. with us tonight, we'll see rain from time to time. and there will be more coming our way, tomorrow and tomorrow night. eventually, it will begin to cool down. so that maybe by 2:00, 3:00 in the morning, some of that rain, north and west of the city, will probably mix with or
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change to some wet snow. the most accumulations we're expecting will be in the higher elevations, way far western maryland. but even in the city, there may be a trace, a slush on some of the lawns. we'll show you that coming up in a few minutes. >> thank you, bob. let's check on the roads now with kristy breslin on this wet afternoon. kristy? >> hi, denise. hi, everyone. the weather definitely not making the drive an easy one. we have an accident blocking the right lane. left tube is open, though. northbound 97, another accident there, at crain highway. and we're still dealing with cleanup for the highway. as far as delays gplenty -- go, plenty of them. 20 minutes from the harrisburg expressway to 95. the outer loop also struggling there from providence road to the harrisburg expressway. and a 15-minute delay on the west side inner loop, from wilkens avenue to security boulevard. as far as 70 goes, heavy in the westbound direction. and two baltimore city
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accidents. south wolf at fleet street. also york road alt north way. let's now take a live look. as you can see, plenty of brake lights there. that's a look at the beltway there, at greenspring avenue. this traffic report is brought to you by kfc. it's the federal chicken of the baltimore ravens. stop in now and you can get a holiday feast, a 10-piece holiday feast for only $20. only at kfc, tastes so good. one of the secrets to losing weight could be the color of your dinner plate. a study in the journal of consumer research finds more people eat more if the color of the plate matches the color of the food. footwork, people are likely to pile more pasta onto a white plate. so what's the best color placeplate to use? experts say bold-colored plates. okay. i need to start doing research. and these guys are getting paid for these. [ laughter ] well, i've got blue plates. so that's good. not a lot of blue food out there. straight ahead on wjz eyewitness news at 4:00. more trouble for the damaged
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tearing down a home linked to a serial killer. officials are knocking down a home where he lived. neighbors say it will help bring closure closer. police found 10 bodies and a skull in that house in late 2009. 52-year-old anthony sewell is appealing the death sentence. a raging fire breaks out at a power plant in arizona. the cause of the fire is unknown but only 30,000 gallons of oil are burning. fire officials say there is a risk of mineral oil overflowing into neighboring homes if too much water is used to put out
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the flames. the smoke is nontoxic and no homes or businesses have been harmed. radiation in the water. a leak at the the nuclear plant in japan, could have dangerous consequences. andrea fujii has the latest. there is more trouble for the fukushima diitchy -- daiichi plant. workers found water leaking from a crack in a concrete barrier. it was used near equipment used to purify sea water. it is not clear whether that contamination has reached the water system. they were able to stop the leak by packing sandbags around the crack. it's still unclear how many gallons leaked out. the japanese bombed pearl harbor 70 years ago tomorrow, putting the u.s. into world war ii. sandra hughes traveled to pearl
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harbor with very special veterans. >> reporter: big band music was a reminder of the year. it was 1941. and 94-year-old archie gregory was a young sailor. >> you've never been back since this happened? >> no. i didn't want to come back. >> reporter: the memories were just to painful. gregory was standing on the deck of the uss arizona, visiting a friend when the bomb started dropping. >> it exploded. i flew through the air. >> there aren't many pearl harbor survivors left. this year may be the last time many can travel. >> almost 2400 people died during the attack on pearl harbor. most were sailors on the battleship. but there were also marines. >> reporter: greg garland was one of only 80 marines depatched -- detached to the navy. just 91 years old, he enlisted.
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[ laughter ] >> why did you join the marines? >> they had some balloons. and i thought i'd like a pair of blues. >> he can laugh about it now. but half of the marines died in the attack. their names etched in stone at the memorial over the uss arizona. the battleship remains are a tomb for the sailors who died on board. >> these people stood between us and absolute destruction. they gave their lives willingly. >> reporter: bravery that will be remembered and honored on december 7th. sandra hughes, wjz eyewitness news. >> a pearl harbor memorial ceremony will be held by the historic ships in baltimore tomorrow at the inner harbor. a woman is in critical condition after walking into a moving plane propeller. in texas, it was a horrible accident in dallas, when 23- year-old lauren jugs was hit -- scruggs was hit by a propeller plane. scruggs suffered a fractured
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skull, severe cuts cuts and had her left hand amputated. she is recovering in the hospital. her family said no one is at fault. the faa is investigating. parents may be to blame for people to quit struggling with smoking. nicotine addiction could be genetic. researchers looked at twins. and nearly 65% quit within a year of each other. identical twins share the same dna. a 12-person task force is now involving the pepper spraying of a student at the uc davis campus. >> reporter: along with former supreme court justice, several other nonstudents rounded out the list. including uc davis law professor. the four students on the committee are either law students or have played a role in uc davis student government.
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>> we wanted the uc davis community to be well represented. >> reporter: the other members tasked with figuring out what went wrong on november 18th, include faculty and staff at uc davis, in addition to two staff. the president's office used recommendations from davis's organization. >> the whole idea was to take a fair and uncompromising look at what happened. >> reporter: some say they're not sure that will happen. >> it's just, i don't know how it was selected. or whether it's a particular committee or whether there was a level of tranparency. >> reporter: what's more, the president's representatives couldn't tell us if the task force will have any world power in implementing change. >> it's been formed so that the recommendations are heard. and -- i meerntion that's about all i can say right now. >> reporter: and then there are some who say a task force is pointless. >> reporter: seems like a waste of time. >> everyone knows what
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happened. i could tell you what happened. you know. there were hundreds of people there who could tell you what happened. >> they want the attention back on cuts to education and tuition increases. the message before the pepper spraying began. >> that's what needs to be investigated by a board of people. >> reporter: that was jackie beckford reporting. the university says it is aiming for a report to go to the task force the first weekend in january. lady gaga is coming to the white house. the pop singer is meeting to talk about her work on bullying prevention. the administration estimates bullying affects 13 million students. about one-third of those attending school. thousands of coins will be dropped into red salvation army cetlezs this holiday -- kettles this holiday season. but probably not like one in tulsa, oklahoma. someone dropped a coin, a gold liberty coin, wrapped in a dollar bill over the weekend. it's believed to be worth about $1800. the salvation army says it
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appreciates the amazing donation. but everything, no matter the amount, helps. and everything goes to help those who need it. >> every year, we have a story, something like that. someone does something really spectacularly. >> anonymously. that's nice. it's a warm afternoon. but the temperature and type of precipitation is going to change. >> bob ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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here's a live look outside right now. it was kind of nasty today. but warm. >> muggy. >> warm is right. temperatures running 12, 15 degrees above normal at least. upper 50s to low 60s. that's where we are now. take a look at temperatures around the region. very warm afternoon. 62. humidity is way up. dew point is at 60 degrees. humidity, 93%. south/southwest winds, 7. the barometer, currently holding steady. around the area, 52 in oakland. 57 in washington. 65 in pax river. it was 70 in virginia, southeast virginia this afternoon. 58 in ocean city. once again, high dew point. a lot of moisture, light rain around the region.
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that will continue on and off throughout the night. the rain will probably get steady and heavier later in the day tomorrow. ask then it gets colder during the day tomorrow. and we'll have interesting things to tell you about. southwest winds now. during the day, they'll start turning more to the north. as one low pressure passes, it will allow the winds to shift back to the west/northwest. allowing cooler air to filter in. it will be getting cooler during the day tomorrow. and by later tomorrow night, maybe after midnight, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 in the morning. it may just be cold enough baltimore region north and west for that rain to mix with and change to wet snow for a few hours before it gets out of here quickly. now, in garrett county, that change will be quicker. could see snow by tomorrow evening, continuing into early thursday. that's where we expect to see some heavy amounts. right now, pretty good amount of rain. from new york to our south and southwest. it's breaking up somewhat. but we do have rain on tap tonight. and again during the day tomorrow once again. and sooner or later, that chilly air will be filtering
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in. cooler air, the mild air continues overnight tonight into the morning hours. and during the day, here comes the cool air. that low pressure passing by. it does. we have a few-hour period, late, late tomorrow night, into thursday morning, where we could see a change to some snow. so much so that out to the west, winter storm warning, garrett county. and a winter storm watch. for the higher elevations. allegheny and western virginia. flood watch. trace to an inch is possible. mainly on the lawns. the ground is so warm. roads are 60 degrees right now. north and west, we're coming down a little longer. 1 to 3 inches of wet snow possible. in the far western mountains. 3 to 5 inches. some elevations could get 5, 6, 7 inches out there. and just rain south and east of the city. north winds on the bay. that's thursday morning. late, late wednesday night. bay temp around 50 degrees. tonight, rain, drizzle, temperatures warm, 56. yeah, maybe some fog tomorrow.
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58 but dropping. and it could end as wet snow early thursday morning for a few hours. then the sun comes out. it will all be gone by midmorning thursday anyway. >> that will be exciting. still to come on eyewitness news tonight. the robocall jurors shared their thoughts on this landmark election law case. i'm derek valcourt. i'll have that story coming up on eyewitnes,,,,,,,,,,,,
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will serve. a narcotics cop is hit in a friendly-fire accident here in odenton. i'm mike schuh, the homeowner now left with the cleanup costs after six shots are fired. hear from her next. check in for these stories and all the day's breaking news. >> eyewitness news at 5:00 starts now. guilty on all charges. a man accused in the election day robocall. >> reaction from the jurors who convicted bob erlic's former campaign manager. >> i'm kai jackson. >> and i'm mary bubala. here's what people are talking about tonight. he will be punished for the robocall.

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